Sunday, January 27, 2008

This Week's Knitting

It didn't snow last night, it isn't going to snow today. Rats. I said yesterday, it's never going to snow on the coast of Central NJ this winter. I am correct. (so far) So, while knitting today, I won't get to watch snow fall.
I started working on Lotus Blossom again. I got through 12 rows of the 18 row pattern repeat with hardly any issues. Yay me. It's about...I'll say 70% finished. Give or take. I'm trying to be a "fearless knitter" with this: when it gets to be too much, give it a rest and it will be better when I pick it up again.
I decided I needed to knit a scarf to go with the Delite Hat I knit for my local bff Cathy (Kathryn's Mom) (not to be confused with my Key West bff Kathy!) I figured out the lace edging on Delite to work on straight needles, added 2 border stitches on each side, cast on and kept knitting. It's an easy pattern to memorize. I'm sure this lace stitch is in a book somewhere, I don't know what it's called, but I'm proud of me for working it out. I am calling this the "Delite Inspired Scarf". It will need to be blocked a lot when it's all knitted, but so far it's looking quite nice. (yes, that's Reggae watching the birds have breakfast. I filled the feeders yesterday and Reggae is enjoying the show.)
This is progress from few evenings worth of knitting; hopefully I'll be done in a few days, and I can give the hat and scarf to Cathy. I'd like to knit myself a warm scarf and maybe a hat with the Malabrigo birthday yarn I got in Key West. Chan said it is really a dream to knit with, and I don't have any warm scarfs for myself so...I need one!
One of the requirements of the Hot Cocoa Swap was to knit (or crochet) a "Winter Blahs Buster Buddy" (BBB). I looked at A LOT of patterns and couldn't manage a few, didn't like a lot, so I put my thinking cap on and decided to create one of my own. I knit it up and put it together and felted it yesterday. I present to you the BBB "Rock Star". The left is pre-felt, the right is after felting. It needs to dry some more and get stuffed, but I think it turned out OK. I hope my pal likes it. It's silly, but hey, silliness helps to chase away the blahs, right?

There are a few blog contests happening, so I am going to surf a few and see what's up. For one, Miss Me is having her 1st Blogerversary contest. Go on over and post a comment, tell her I sent you. And speaking of Contests...I'm quite close to post #300, (how did that happen so fast?) so I will be having a contest here very soon.

10 comments:

Donna Lee said...

I am sorry about the lack of snow, too. I keep telling myself that we get most of our good snowstorms in Feb. Hope springs eternal. I love the rock star buddy!!! I would love to make one for my niece. Would you share your pattern? I am not good at making things like that up. I am extremely grateful that there are creative folks to do that.

NH Knitting Mama said...

Oh my gosh - I love Rock Star! SO CUTE!

It is snowing here again. Seems every 2 weeks we get buried to some degree.

vegasangelbrat said...

Love your knitting projects int he works!! But that BB Rock Star is just so dang cute!!! Love it! I'm sure your buddy will too!

Dianne said...

That rock star is so darn cute! Love the blue hair!

chanknits said...

Oooh, I hope you're my pal! I love stars and starfish, but I don't think I said so in my questionnaire...

We're not getting much snow here either. Dang!! I love snow.

Your scarf looks great too. I hope the day will come when I can take stitches from one pattern and use them to create one of my own. I too want to knit fearlessly, which means I must seek out a colorworks class of some sort.

Can't wait to see what you do with the Malabrigo. I know I'm plotting what to do with the rest of mine, AND have more on order!

Tami said...

Snow! I have snow, do you want some!

Devonshire said...

Your star BBB is super cute. The shawl is coming along beautifully. Hope you are well.

Grace Yaskovic said...

I am not in the Hot Cocoa Swap so I know Rock Star is not for me but it is adorable, really really cute, your other knitting is gorgeous too!!

jopal said...

Love your "rock star". Reminds me of a starfish on the beach! I am sure your swap pal will love it!

Anne said...

That's awesome!!! YOU are awesome - a rock star. :D So creative too. now I'm jealous LOL